Established in 1987 in Cacabelos, the Luna family’s winery produces some of the best value reds from Bierzo right now, all of them based on the local grape Mencía. The basic young red, as well as the 12 months barrel-aged Finca La Cuesta have really succeeded at showing both grape and terroir character in a way that is really difficult to find in wines under €10. This achievement has to do with painstaking winemaking and especially with the high age profile of their vines. Over 50-years-old vines in the case of Luna Beberide young red, and over 60-years-old for Finca La Cuesta.
During the last few years, Luna Beberide has restructured the 80 hectares of vines of their own spread throughout the villages of Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo. The goal was to get rid of international varieties and to focus on the native Mencía and Godello. Nevertheless, the winery still makes a Gewürztraminer and a white wine called Viña Aralia, which blends this Central European grape with Chardonnay.
Art is the winery's top but affordable red (around €18 in Spain) and comes from the oldest vines, mostly planted on schist soils. It shows earthy and dark notes in the glass (like shoe polish, firewood and a medicinal whiff) and a warmer and more powerful profile. French winemaker Mathieu Barrault proudly shows his personal toy: a naturally sweet wine called Alma de Luna, made from Petit Manseng, which brings him memories of the time he worked in Jurançon.